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who standing by to go on the record. thank you for being with us. >> julie: i'm julie banderas, welcome to america's news headquarters. >> gregg: i'm gregg jarrett. topping the news this hour, it's been a mystery for nearly two decades. captain michael scott speicher a u.s. navy pilot shot down back in 1991-his remains never found until now. we've got some new information to share with you. it is bringing his family some closure. the families first public statement in a couple of minutes. >> julie: tragedy at a music festival. an outdoor stage comes crashing down killing one person and injuring more than 70 others. >> gregg: a massive forest fire, raging out of control. take a look at this.
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we're going to tell you where several thousand people had to go to dodge this massive fire. >> julie: our first and top story, he was the first american soldier lost in the gulf war and for nearly two decades no one knew whether he was alive or dead. now, the mystery is finally over. pentagon says the remains of the pilot captain michael scott speicer has been identified. his plane was shot down in the opening hours of the war. it's a testament of how the military never stop looking for one of its own. laura ingle is live in the newsroom following this story for us today. >> reporter: the family never gave up hope they would some day find the answer as to what happened to the married father of two. neither did the navy. after an intensive search that has been two decades, military recovered bones and multiple sket skeletal fragments that is
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a positive match to the missing navy kay. he was shot down on january 17th 1991-his aircraft was hit by an iraqi surface to air missile and crashed in operation desert storm. immediately after his plane went down the secretary of defense went on television and announced the u.s. had suffered it's a first casualty but his status changed from killed to missing in action to missing-captured. there was many false leads in this case. the family and military through one rollercoaster ride it was hope of frustration. one tip was the discovery of what some believed was the initial crash into a wall of iraqi prison. the family pushed the military for years to do more to resolve this kiansd just yesterday they received the news that his remains were identified. investigators got new information last month from an iraqi citizen who told him he knew of two iraqis who recall an
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american jet crashing and his remains buried in the desert. they were dispatched to the location believed to be the crash site and we are just getting a statement from the family that reads in part -- the skaptd was a brave and wonderful father who responded without hesitation when his country needed him. he followed many others who have sacrificed for our freedom. we thank the active men and women and hope that many of our servicemen and women from being left behind. thank you for your thoughts and prayers. >> julie: laura ingle, thank you very much. >> gregg: one of the people who fought tirelessly to find him was senator bill nelson. he pressed the pentagon time and time again several years to go to renew the search for the search -- spor speicher been
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many people said it should be let go. it shows him inside that he was prison cell where it thought he carved his initials in the wall. senator joins us live. thank you very much. what is your reaction to this news today? >> finally the family can have closure and that those children don't have to keep wondering if their father is alive. i really thank the department of defense for staying on this. they dropped the ball back in the '90s but fortunately we have the evidence now. >> gregg: when you say they dropped the ball, what do you mean? >> it got lost in the burr contrast si. speicher was lost and they just forgot about it. in the last decade we got them focused and fortunately when we
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went into iraq we had a special speicher team. it was headed by an army reserve major who extended his tour of duty an additional six months each was so intent to find evidence of speicher, that is the kind of dedication that has come to this. >> gregg: have you talked to the family since the news came out? >> i talked to buddy harris this morning. they are relieved but, of course it's a sad day. >> gregg: obviously, it is. what more needs to be done so something like this never happens again? >> well, that is an excellent question because a mistake was made. we walked away from a downed pilot. he was declared dead mistakenly at a presses conference the next morning after the first night of the gulf war.
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so a search and rescue mission was to not launched at early light the next morning. as a result a mistake was made. every military pilot has to know that if he ejects that there are people coming to get him. they are not going to make that mistake again. >> gregg: you have come to know through all these years scott speicher and his family. tell us a little bit more about those wonderful people. >> you know, 8 years is a long time to go through the emotionally ups and downs of getting this or that lead. you suddenly think that there they are alive. you mentioned in your piece the initials, m.s. s. that were carved into the prisons cell.
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that was just a little sign of hope that he was alive. but as the years went on, it became pretty evident was to fine one of those roaming bedowin tribes that had happened to be at the crash site that night and get individuals who remember and could show the particular location. that took a long time but fortunately it's happened. >> gregg: senator nelson, you have been with us on many occasions to talk about this. it is sad news but it is some comfort for the family to know exactly what happened. thank you for helping us and everybody get to the bottom of this. >> thank you. >> julie: lawmakers heading home from washington for summer recess after a contentious
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battle over health care on on capitol hill. now, they are taking the fight home as they try to win over constituents. so we thought the health care battle on capitol hill was rough but do you think that it might actually be tougher come tomorrow. >> reporter: just judging by it, it may be nasty thing. they are attacking republicans and going after democrats that are moving fast enough to health care. and then the interest groups, lawmakers are going to have townhalls and meetings, they are going to be giving the constituents a full court press over the five week present says. >> julie: what are members of congress saying today? >> they have a product to push and the final house committee passed a built late friday night. on the senate side, no votes before recess. here is two lawmakers on fox news sunday on the latest houses
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bill. >> if they cut medicare to come up with money and raise taxes on small businesses and they penalize any american with 2.5% tax if they don't have government approved health care. >> 90% of the small businesses would not be murdered of the tax less than 1% of the wealthiest people that would be taxed. >> that is going to be one of the key arguments, how to pay for it. that is going to be front and center in all of these townhalls they are getting hit in ads and you'll see a lot of them. >> julie: and president sent some of his top people out there. what do they have to say about health care? >> on meet the press, larry summers says you can't rule out a middle-class tax had a michael to pay for reform. that is huge. that is something that president obama campaigned against it. risen jumped on that with both feet. geithner was talking and he said
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overhauling health care and dropping costs is key to getting the deficit under control. >> julie: all right, thank you very much. >> gregg: the white house now saying that all deals reached this weekend cash for clunkers program will count. program offers cash rebates for consumers who trade in their own vehicles for more fuel efficient cars. it's been very popular with customers and dealerships but funding could run out unless the senate signs off another $2 billion of your money. live from toyota dealership in georgia. maryanne what is going on at that dealership? >> the dealership opened at noon. i talked to the general manager right as they opened. they had been selling six times the number of vehicles since the rebate program went into place. i'm in the parking lot where they are putting all the clunkers because they have to disable them before they spin
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them off in order to get that rebate money. they were saying right now, they are owed somewhere around $300,000 and they are little worried about getting the payment now the program has run out of money. >> gregg: the program's finances are in serious question as i understand it as dealerships are concerned about making this money. they front this money, right? >> that is exactly right. whenever a customer comes in and they gave them the $4500 off, they are expecting the government to pay for them. they say they have been doing all the right paperwork, kept good track of what is coming in and going out, but the program has run out they are worried they are not going see some of it. some dealerships have put clauses in the contracts if for some reason they don't get paid by the government, they need to take care of it. >> gregg: where does it stand to get additional funding for the program. >> the house passed a bill to
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push $2 billion through to try to keep the program going because it was suppose to last 12 weeks. some senate republicans saying they don't plan to supporting this. they are going to speak out against it. they don't believe we should be paying for a program to subz subsidize corporations that the government already owns. >> gregg: thanks very much. >> julie: the white house is considering a new plan for holding guantanamo detainees on u.s. soil. obama administration is looking to create a complex that servers both a as courtroom and prison. potential sites include the military, penitentiary at fort leavenworth, kansas. also maximum security prison in michigan scheduled to be shut down. there are 229 prisoners at guantanamo detention center.
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>> gregg: we are learning more about the man behind the la guardia airport scare. they are saying this guy is homeless, he has history of past arrests, he is being held without bail and ordered to undergo mental evaluations. they arrested him after he pulled a fake bomb, it was fake out of his bag at a security checkpoint. incident prompted an evacuation of the terminal. it caused massive flight delays around the country. again he is facing several charges including placing a fake bomb in a transportation facility. >> julie: you mentioned he was homeless, his family lives out in california and they wanted to fly him home which is so sad he was given a plane ticket as a homeless man and he wuaktsz into an airport. he was acting crazy is the way they described him. chaos at a country music festival. a bad thunderstorm at big valley
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jamboree. that was supposed to continue today but it has been completely shut down. heavy winds and rain wind through central alberta sent thousands of fans running for cover from flying debris. that national based band was about to take place when the wind rolled through. many people thought it was a tornado. >> gregg: filipinos mourning the death, to pay that are respects of corizorn aquino, she lost her long battle with colon cancer. she helped depose ferdinand marcos. the beloved icon served as a inspiration to nonviolent
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movements around at world. >> julie: you are looking at amateur video from la palma. take a look at this. it's the least populated off the coast of west africa. fast moving flames forcing 4,000 people from their homes and town officials say 50 homes have been destroyed so far including precious vineyards and pine forests. fire officials say this and sever other fires started simultaneously a sign they say that the fires were manmade. >> gregg: did you notice the nasty weather out there. >> julie: so did my hair. she has done other hair 15 times. >> gregg: but she does that every day. let's go to her because she can tell us all about the weather, hammering the east coast. it is pretty nasty out there
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and all up and down i-95 and east coast, not just raining but very heavy rain and looking a lot of flash flood warnings, mid-atlantic up to the northeast. here is what we're dealing with, rest of the sunday its done deal. its washout. not looking at too much severe weather but we've in nas si cells. we still have some storms that are going through parts of the middle part of the country, dodge city, minneapolis and that is going to stick around through the rest of your sunday, as well. then the low pressure system sitting offer the coast is going to pick up. it is picking up thunderstorms out to the pacific northwest where the heat has been the biggest issue there. some parts of the country is dry today. there you have in phoenix, 104. 90 in dallas. 87 in albuquerque, 88 degrees in
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new orleans h i can tell by your hair, julie you took the brunt of that rain. >> julie: we were in their for five hours, flat ironing. >> gregg: your hair is quite curly? >> it is. it's sort of like a big sponge. >> gregg: i like it that way. i would like you to see appear on the air like that. >> julie: moving on to much more serious story. when a u.s. hero is killed on the battled field this is a touching story, here at home there is a different kind of hero to help the children who are left without a parent. specifically without a father in their lives. specifically young boys who are now struggling to cope. we're going to show you a place that is offering hope to the sons of fallen soldiers. ñ0 a.
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♪ hope you dance . . . ♪ hope you dance . . . ♪ hope you dance . . . ♪ hope you dance . . . ♪ hope you dance. ♪ hope you dance. ♪ hope you dance. ♪ hope you dance. ♪ hope you dance. >> gregg: taking a look at the headlines, first american that was lost in the gulf war, remains have been found. captain michael scott speicher's plane was shot down and speculation that he was captured by iraqi forces. obama administration trying to jump start congress to get $2 billion to the popular cash for clunkers program. otherwise they say the current program will run out by the end of the week. >> concerning for funding for unemployment benefits could run out. they are working with congress to extend benefits for the more than 6 million americans who have filed jobless claims.
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>> julie: president obama got his wish, the house giving him a health care reform bill before they left for the summer break. republicans and moderate democrats known as the blue dogs voted against the measure. now, the administration is planning an august blitz to try to sell health care to americans. it includes fanning out across the country and holding townhall meetings. but congress is still divided about the issue, is he losing control of it as well? for a fair and balanced debate, joe wilson, member of education and labor committee and congressman gene green and vice chair of the energy and commerce committee that passed that bill on friday. thank you for talking to us. congressman wilson, i wanted to start with you. people are impatient for economic recovery and frustrated that the stimulus haven't done the trick, now they have to fight it warning that the health care reform is bad for americans.
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has president obama lost control of the health care reform debate? >> even better the american people have taken control of the debate. they understand that the plan that is still pending in the house costs too much, it restricts freedom of choice and costs millions of jobs. we have all of august -- i look forward to going around the district, meeting with the people and finding common sense reforms that will work. >> julie: congressman green, your reaction? >> first of all, i don't think our stimulus has failed. a lot of it is kicking in. i wish i was on the committee, i've been on the committee for 14 years. president gave us guidelines and all three committees, joe is on education and labor and ways and means and energy and commerce, we have three bills that have to be molded together. goal is to provide some type of health insurance for everyone. if you have your private
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insurance through your employer we shouldn't mess with that. i don't know if we reached that. hopefully before the bill comes before the full house so we can take care of the 60% of the people that have insurance and deal with the ones that don't. that was the goal. whether we're going to get there we have a lot of amendments, well over hundred amendments in our committee. they have to be merged together by rules committee. >> julie: congressman green, you and your completion house democrats, did come up with a compromised agreement ahead of the august recess. i want you to react to an op-ed piece in the l.a. times in which it reads, one reason the public shows so little spors for the obama health care plan there is in fact no healthcare plan. have you read the health care plan? >> i've not only read the original bill but i've read every version we've had.
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i don't know if the president has, i know i have. members on the committee -- you have to read the bill. >> julie: why hasn't the president read the bill? >> i think the president has understood the problems president clinton had in '93 they drafted a bill and sent it to congress. we have three branches, president proposes and congressmen disposes. you can send us a bill but we're going to change it. these are my goals, congress writes a bill and that is what we are doing. congress is not one person. it's 435 house members and 100 u.s. senators. it's not going to be pretty as one person saying this is what i want to do. >> julie: how is going to obama avoid the mistake that bill and hillary made back in 1993 and do you think the president should read the bill? >> i think he should read the
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bill and have knowledge of the bill. the bill that came before our committee when we begin was 1018 pages, next morning when we came back for full discussion, it was 1040 pages. surely the chairman of the committee has said it would take days to read the bills and two attorneys to interpret it. meeting with constituents it's been brought to my attention, it will result in 10,000 pages of regulation. it will look more like the irs code when we get through. >> julie: 10,000 pages of regulation. >> have you ever seen medicare regulation? >> julie: i don't blame congress, that is a lot to figure out. are you going to figure this out at the end of the august recess? >> we've already done better than president clinton did. we had bills in the committee and now in september and october
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the house will have to consider them. that is our democratic legislative process in place. the president didn't send us a bill that said this is what i want. he said these are the goals. that is what we're doing. it's actually the legislative process working like our forefathers wants it to. >> indeed, we want to provide coverage but not through big government. the plan that is coming before us is not in the interest of the american people. maintaining a doctor-patient relationship, that is what we need to be working for. >> julie: thank you very much for coming on. >> gregg: u.s. military recovering the body of navy pilot scott speicher in iraq. he was shot down in the onset of that war. his family now getting closure now after 18 years. how investigators finally found
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>> julie: alan green span says he doesn't think the fed should raise interest rates to ward off inflation, at least not yet. he is optimistic for the nation's economy. >> gregg: u.s. officials now are trying to find out what happened to three american tourists who have reportedly been arrested in iran. iran state refund media is saying that the three illegally crossed the border from northern iraq. kurdish officials say the americans simply got lost while hiking in the area which is known to be scenic. we are joined from a reporter from global radio news with the latest on this developing security situation. obviously for reasons which surely you know we are not using his face or name here. if you would, tell us about the area where these americans were
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detained, how easy it to actually slip in the country? >> you know, it's north iraq and it's ruled by a turkish society and the area that people can easily border but there is no clear border between iran and iraq. >> gregg: how heavily is that part of border patrolled by iranian security forces? >> well, you know, it's quite normal that the iranians but it's a very tough time in iran and iranian officials are sensitive. so that might be a reason why the three measures have been
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arrested. >> gregg: is there any indication that you are aware of what is it going to happen to them? is iran saying what they are going to do? >> it's very nefarious even what has happened, iranian news agencies and they are saying what has happened and what is seeing on tv is not broadcast and not seen by foreigners. but the officials have not comment about it one day in the iranian media. we don't know what is it going to happen but i don't see anything important because
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mostly tomorrow. mahmoud ahmadinejad and it hence iranian officials -- is going happen either way. >> gregg: thanks very much. and to our viewers for obvious reasons his security first and foremost. we're not using his name or showing his face. thank you very much. >> julie: pentagon announcing the remains of a pilot. he was shot down in the first gulf war and for more than 18 years two children have grown up without their father. they were toddlers when he went missing there now in college. a camp in colorado the one good turn ranch is working with the sons of other soldiers killed overseas showing they are not alone. stories of 26 boys will be told
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in a two-hour special, it's called sons of the fallen. joining us now are joey host of sons of the fallen and professional wrestler who has donated his time to work with the children. thank you so much for talking to us today. i was so touched by the special. i had to talk to you both. joe yes, i want to devote your words which best describe this tv special. i'm quoting, this show isn't about the politics of war, it's about families who made the choice to serve and sacrifice everything. it's about taking care of those who take care of us. that is such a sweet message. tell bus these boys? >> where do we start. goldberg, good to see you. thank you so much julie. >> julie: what are we doing? >> the explosion thing. all the boys, these boys are unbelievable.
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they range from 7 years old to 17. they are so courageous. bill and i and ryan, you remember him from the luck of the irish. we went in thinking we're going to be great mentors and teach the kids everything we can think of. be good dads and be good examples and things. you know we learn so much from these boys about courage panned about faith and how -- they are so strong. one of the boys, how can you have a favorite but this one stuck his head up to me. his name is tony hall. every day that little guy was fishing 6:30 in the morning. they got to do so many things. tony said, you might have a cat or dog that died, which is sad but i lost my dad. i lost my dad serving this country. so i won't be able to see my dad now until i get to heaven.
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these boys and they are flat out you know, serious about it. the sacrifices their sisters made, as well. of course, the wives of our fallen soldiers. there are moms over there that are fighting and losing lives. just a tremendous opportunity for us to be truly -- we're so thankful and fortunate to have the boys at our ranch. for bill goldberg and ryan to come out, bill he a huge guy but he has a bigger heart. >> julie: i think that is really cool. you are big guy. a professional wrestler, little boys must look up to you and be like wow, talk about a role model. that is what you are with these boys and little boys experience a lot of emotional heartache. you are getting involved in their lives at such an important age. what has it meant for you to
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kind of not take the place of their fathers but serve as a role model? >> julie, it's an awesome experience, i have been dealing with kids and charities ever since my professional football days, it gives us an opportunity to give back. when you are in the spotlight, you have a responsibility to give back. what a better situation to go to camp with 25 young boys between the age of 17 and 8 years old and to be able to provide them kind of a shoulder to lean on. at the end of the day we did great stuff. we do the to race cars, we went rock climbing, climbs pikes peak. any type of child would love to have this experience. all these children that have experienced such a traumatic experience in losing their fathers, joey and ryan and i stepped in that week. we provided a shoulder for them
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to lean on and a kind of voice. you shall also helping us julie and fox is helping us get this out there. so much is made, whether be michael jackson's death, many other people in the spotlight these days. a lot of attention is drawn towards these people. sometimes and most times situations like these really aren't touched upon enough. to me this is very close to my heart. i've got a three-year-old boy and i couldn't imagine growing up without his father. >> julie: what you are doing, it's really amazing. i do want to give credit to a sponsor that made this all possible which is pretty incredible. >> absolutely. we kind of had this, a couple of things went on. steve harold that helps run knights of heroes. but how are we going to feed everybody, 5 boys and 22 mentors how do you feed them three days for seven days?
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bud swan, president scott and bob beck width they had the -- they followed us everywhere. you are not supposed to gain weight at camp. i gained weight. >> and company is giving out a year's frozen foods and to cook for a year. nice gifts for them. >> it was absolutely incredible. >> julie: when does the show come out? >> actually we're going to new york to discuss that. our executive producer and ryan johnston, they are working on that. >> julie: i'll see you guys later. >> thank you, julie. >> come out and help us. >> julie: thank you phil goldberg and joey, we appreciate
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you coming on. >> gregg: new numbers from the irs shows that the top taxpayers are paying higher than ever before. here is how they crunched the numbers. take a look at this. the top 1% of taxpayers paid 40% top 1% of all the income taxes collected by the federal government. 1.4 million taxpayers are shelling out more to the irs than another 134 million taxpayers combined. what does that mean for the rest of us? joining us to talk about is joseph, chairman and ceo of a company and former managing director of global and chief investment officer for morgan stanley investment management. >> thank you. >> gregg: this is pretty
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astonishing. it's not just the top 1% but talk to us about the top 5% and 10%? >> when you drill down into it. sometimes people aren't that sympathetic about the top 1%, they are paying so much in texas but when you look at the top 5% or the top 10%, the numbers become even more compelling. the top 5% actually pay 60% of the whole tax burden for the entire country. top 10% pay 70%. so the people below that are only paying 30-40% of the overall bill. >> gregg: bottom line, we have massive deficits and there is two ways to deal with it, you either print more money or you tax people. when you tax people, especially the small businesses and high wage earners, you are deterring their investment and you are
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deterring gdp, you are deterring growth. >> you are absolutely right. raising taxes on the upper income groups can be counter productive. these are people that start and run small and mid-sized businesses that chris the jobs in this country, provides for all of the most of the innovation we see. if you begin taxing people at more and more burdensome levels, at some point it's a disincentive to live the american dream and take the chances and create those businesses. that in turn than create the jobs. so while there may be noble sounding purposes behind social rich policies they tend to backfire and bring the opposite result in the long run. >> gregg: this is an important subject. i wish we had more time. joe, i want you to discuss it
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more in the future. we appreciate it. >> julie: forget banks and atms because burglars are striking a new target -- you probably stop by one every day. the growing trend among thieves next. only two aleve can stop pain all day. that would take three times as many tylenol arthritis pain. aleve works for me.
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>> julie: thieves in oklahoma are treating vending machines like atms. they are making off with hundreds of dollars at a time
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and causing more in damage. surveillance video catching them in the act. lisa reports from our affiliate from oklahoma city. >> travis webster. >> like everybody is trying to work hard and provide a service. >> but he worries the machine will get emptied. >> the thieves don't leave you this is a receipt this is how much we stole from you. they call it a growing trend among thieves. >> you see vending machines in a lot of different places. they are out sometimes in the open. sometimes you see them the the the captain citizen surveillance cameras at southwest medical center caught three people in the act. the women hands off her purse and the woman keeps watch.
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>> that i make off $300 in cash and leaving the damaged machines. police say the suspects are responsible for much more. >> the investigator who is working on this case has linked these three suspects to at least six other cases. totaling $3,000 in cash and over $4,000 in damages to the machines. >> the coca-cola bottling company did not want to discuss it. since october 8th they took $90,000 in cash and cost $120,000 in damage. >> it's costing them more to repair the machines. when you combine the two, it's an extensive loss to this company. >> travis webster is banking on police in catching the suspects before they bust his business. >> i would like to see them caught before they steal from me. >> julie: all right. that was lisa reporting from our
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affiliate. you can take it now. >> gregg: a failed relationship leading to a nasty custody battle. no it's not over kids. bickering couple fighting over a dog. >> julie: now the couple is broken up. who gets the dog. it's a landmark court case, up next. ♪ ♪ i do hope that dog is for sale ♪ ♪ i love to take a trip to cal
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>> gregg: here are the stories making headlines, u.s. military is solving the mystery,
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recovering the remains of scott speicler. whose plane was shot down on the first night of the gulf war. >> transportation secretary saying the cash for clunkers program is going to run out of money by the end of this weekend. the program could be extended as the senate agrees to $2 billion of your money. >> layer larry summers says he can't rule out a tax on middle-class americans to pay for the president's health care overall. >> it's a canine custody battle that could change law. a pug is at the center of a bitter fight. the couple had been in court three times fighting over the pug. when they split up three years, dale promised they would share dexter. dare now says he paid for dexter
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so the dog is his. judge agreed but an appeals court overruled. original judge is asking on who should get dexter. who do you think should get dexter. >> gregg: i should get dexter. >> julie: you've gone there before, do you want to get back to the doghouse. >> gregg: i'm always in the doghouse. >> gregg: a fresh poll showing a lack of optimism among americans when it comes to health care reform. a new rasmussen poll 53% of voters overhauling health care will raise the costs 23% say it will lower costs 18% says things will stay the same. scott rasmussen is here and talk to us about this one. this one was a little surprising? >> this is really the big concern the president is running
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in with the whole program. even among democrats, their own party. they are evenly divided whether it will increase or reduce the cost of health care. republicans overwhelmingly think if this passes, the fight is going to go way up. >> gregg: what about the quality of care? >> guess what, they are not too optimistic, 50% say the quality of care will go down. 23% say it improves. a result of the fact that everybody would like to see the health care system improve in some way but most americans majority of those listening are comfortable with the coverage they have and they see things could only head in one direction. >> gregg: heading south. you polled this, are the best days behind us, what did you find? >> right now 49% of americans say our nation best days have come and gone. only 33% are optimistic and say
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best is to come. back on inauguration days, the numbers were reverse had. at that time as president obama was taking office, 48% said best days were still to come, 35% said they had come and gone. >> gregg: i was talking to people about how did we ever get along without cell phones? >> 35% of americans want to ban all kinds of cell phone. 50% do not. huge age gap, majority of senior citizens they should all be banned. peel between 40 and 64, we should get rid of all cell phone usage while driving. younger adults, they are not so enthusiastic about the idea. >> gregg: i would say ban them completely, but i'm an old foggie. what is his twitter. >> julie: it's twitter polls.
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>> gregg: i'm gregg jarrett. >> julie: i'm jewel you bandaras, topping the news, details are sparse and the stakes are high. >> gregg: u.s. is trying to find out what happened to the three americans reportedly captured in iran, and now, turning to the swiss for help. >> julie: is the president going to -- back on a campaign promise, back off that he promise, a key white house economic advisor saying today the middle class could get hit by a tax increase to pay for the president's massive health care plan. >> gregg: he vanished during the first night of the gulf war, an american pilot shot down under enemy fire, for nearly two decades, his fate has been a mystery and still now, jennifer griffin joins us live on the telephone with more on this, jennifer, you were tipped off, the navy had made this discovery, in an early telephone call, what did you learn? >> reporter: it was 6:00 this morning when i got a call they had made a positive identification of captain speicher's remains and
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essentially what i am told is that an iraqi citizen that provided a lot of information in the past, that had proved credible to the u.s. military in iraq had told the u.s. military there were two citizens who he knew had seen the plane go down. in the anbar desert and in the last week, marines were taken to the site, they had done digging, excavating for the past weak and had finally found some bone fragments and parts of the skeletal fragments that were sent back to the united states and basically through the long journey, they had finally late last night confirmed that is the remains -- captain speicher. >> gregg: the trail has run hot and cold the course of the last 18 years and didn't the navy want to close the case earlier this year. >> reporter: they did, in fact and there was arguing back and forth and you remember in 1991, captain speicher was essentially
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listed as killed in action, and then, they changed his status and this is extremely unusual for military to do so to missing in action and there were all sorts of sightings in the years and the famous initials carved into the prison cell, where -- and some reports, eyewitness sports that maybe he had been seen in baghdad and maybe saddam hussein had him and the family has been on an absolutely rollercoaster all these years but again the real break through came at this beginning of july when this iraqi citizen tipped the u.s. military and this time it seems they have something. >> gregg: so it is final now? i mean, it is absolutely determined that indeed this was scott speicher. >> reporter: the skeletal fragments were taken to the armed forces institute of pathology and flown to dover air force base late last week and last night the dna testing was done at the armed forces institute of pathology in rockville, maryland and they basically took the jawbone and
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compared it to captain speicher's dental records, visually and radio graphically and they made a match and what they are during this next 24 hours is doing dna matches with members of the captain's family to be doubly sure but they're positive there is a match at this point. >> gregg: jennifer griffin, thanks very much, appreciate it. >> julie: the captain's family released a statement through this spokesperson today. and it says, i'll read it quoting here, the speicher-harris family has received with appreciation and sorrow the news that the remains of captain speicher have been located by the u.s. military. the captain was a brave and wonderful father, husband, and naval officer who responded without high schoolsation when his country needed him. in doing so he followed many, many others who have sacrificed for our freedoms and we thank this active duty men and women whose diligence made it happen and -- in hopes that this --
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process has prevented another of our servicemen from having this happen to them and we'll speak with a man who was flying that night with him in a moment, live. >> gregg: general ray odierno is speaking about him how and the general, expressing gratitude the remains have finally been recovered and returned home and told speicher's families, a quote from the general: although we cannot fully understand the terms of loss or the pain his family has shoulder deterred throughout the years of waiting we hope they can find solace in his dignified and honorable return home. >> julie: one of the -- and the squadron mate, commander barry hall flew with speicher for two years and he was flying with him the night he was shot down and joins us now on the phone. retired u.s. navy commander barry hall, thank you for talking to us today. you flew with speicher for two years and flew the same night your friend was shot down.
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will you tell us about that night? >> caller: sure. in fact, it is a little bit ironic that he didn't fly that night. he was originally listed as the spare and the f-18 is so unbelievable reliable that he knew the chances of him actually participating in a strike were small, so she goes to the skippernd and convinces the skipper to switch over and the points of being there you have to be able to fit into any flight and you wanted the most experienced pilot and even that in itself was ironic, but, that night, with -- as you can imagine, just, i'll call the fog of war and so much going on, i remember coming back and seeing the videotapes of everything that was going on that night and then just a twist of events, and
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mig-25 takes a potshot and shoots down spike and we weren't exactly sure what had happened. we just knew a certain amount of time had passed for him to recover on the boat. and we knew he was going to divert and didn't have enough gas -- enough time to get back and then, for the next day our skipper brought us all together and said that we checked ate all of the divert fields and he didn't divert to somewhere in saudi arabia and we knew something bad happened at that point. >> julie: don'ts know the actual moment that scott's plane went down. >> caller: no. this was at night. we were -- in a relatively close piece of sky but worry not flying formation and looking back on it one of the pilots saw a big fireball in the sky, but, there was so much going on, we didn't exactly know that that was spike. we checked in at the the end of the mission due to the timeline,
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and ours was tail-end charlie and we were required to check in with our skipper as we are heading out, and me being in the back, we've got our skipper, is checking things out and i'm skull and skull, try to raise spike and i'm trying to call spike, and don't get a response, on the radio. and at the time i didn't think anything about it. >> what does out mean hearing the news that scott's remains were found 18 years later? >> you know, it's probably completely illogical but there is a illogical piece of my brain that kept holding out hope and -- because if you recall, the north vietnamese held french prisoners for years and years and you think maybe he's in yan iranian jail. >> julie: and why not hold on to that fact and his children were toddlers and now have grown up
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and know their father is a war hero and i rob talking to friends of the family years ago and they held out hope. how is this family coping? >> caller: you know, i don't have contact with the family. so i don't know. i just can imagine the emotional rollercoaster ride. and you do finally lose all hope, now. but, i guess on the other side of the coin, now you know. >> julie: bringing him home. >> caller: yes. >> julie: i want to ask you, scott was initially declared killed and over the e years his status change aid number of times to missing in action, and later missing-captured and what has the pentagon learned from this. >> caller: you know, that is the -- if there is a legacy, to this great man, it is what you just hit on. and even beyond, just the greatness of scott speicher himself and that is, the decisionmaking process. that good people made mistakes early on. we have to maintain a strategic
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components to our decisions. and, when we declared, right off the bat, that he was killed, we should have paused and asked those "what if" questions, what if he's not dead and what are the implications and cons consequences of the decision and, ultimately, in authority, making those kinds of decisions, have you left a good man to die in the desert? and that is the legacy of scott speicher we'll never do that again. we'll make better decisions and we can improve our judgment and we will and we have to. >> julie: and his family praises the military for never giving up and that is the good news for them, they will be bringing their father, their husband, home, thank you very much, retired u.s. navy commander, barry hull. gregg. >> gregg: a militant ambush killing three u.s. soldiers in eastern afghanistan. so far this month, nine nato troops have been killed and we're only two days ton august now, last month the deadliest for nato troops since the 2001
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invasion, to remove the taliban from power, 74 foreign troops including 43 americans, died in july. u.s. commanders have long predicted a spike in violence, in afghanistan, some of the -- summer the country's traditional fighting season. the state department trying to find out now what happened to three american hikers who were arrested in iran and those americans reportedly hiking to a lush mountainous region in iraq's northern kurdistan area, and the kurdish government is saying during the trip, the tourists either knowingly or unknowingly entered iranian territory. david piper that's the story from baghdad. >> reporter: there is still no word on the fate of the three u.s. tourists arrested by iranian border guards friday. state controlled iranian tv reported friday the three had been apprehended after crossing the border incurred tan and there has been no update since then. the last contact the tourists made was to a friend, presumably by phone in which they said they
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were surrounded. we spoke with kurdish security sources today but they say nothing has changed since the three disappeared. it is believed the tourists were staying at a hotel and had gone out to see a famous waterfall in the mountains, a state department spokesman has said the u.s. has asked the swiss to represent american interests in iran, to confirm the reports, and arrange diplomatic access to the three. iran's embassy here in baghdad has the not returned our calls today. with the publicity that has been generated by their arrests the iranian authorities could move them to a major city now or the capital tehran for questioning. the arrests, however, are at a sensitive time in u.s.-iran relations and the deputy over tehran's nuclear ambitions controversial elections have raised tensions and for the issue of tourists coming to iraq, it is not as strange as it seems despite the violence. there are now regular flights to the safer kurdistan area, in the north, with its stunning
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mountainous scenery and even further south, here in baghdad, some intrepid tourists do come and you do see them coming through the airports. that is how it stand at the moment. back to you, gregg. >> gregg: thanks, david, julie. >> julie: summer recess is likely to get heated for lawmakers heading home to face constituents about the health care battle they have been waging on capitol hill, one big question still out there, who will pay for the health care overhaul? just this morning white house economic advisor larry summers said he can't rule out a tax on middle class americans to pay for health care reform. caroline shivley is in our washington bureau with more, caroline, where are lawmakers taking the fight now. >> reporter: as you mentioned, julie, take it home to the home districts districts, both sides of a game plan to talk up their side and smash the other side. >> you'll see americans take to the street in august, and go to their congressman's office and they'll go to town halls and i think they'll let congressmen
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and senators know they need to keep their hands off their health care. >> i'm really surprised at jim being so negative when a problem that all americans recognize face this nation is not any american, any adult american, at least, that doesn't have a horror story of what has happened to them under the terrible system. >> reporter: one of the hot button issues is how to pay for this, and larry summers a comments will get a lot of attention from opponents and another issue whether to include a public option and does that lead to rationing or single payor system, now, democrats and republicans have very different answers to that, julie. >> julie: the earliest we could have a vote, would be mid next month, so, will there be any movement? >> reporter: well, staffers are stick around d.c., and their going to be hammering out details in the bill, but probably not much movement there. the big change we might see is in public opinion, plenty of money is poured into ads righted now, taking sides, both sides, that last fox news poll we had showed half the people wanted
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reform and the other wanted things to slow down, and wanted congress to wait and so whatever constituents tell their lawmakers over the next month-and-a-half, with this town halls and their local offices that could be what decides the issue, that makes up one/sixth of the u.s. economy, julie. >> julie: caroline shivley, in washington, thank you very much. >> gregg: strange sightings in connecticut. for the second time in the month a tornado touching down there, this weekend. not kansas. we're talking connecticut. and city crews working downed power lines after the storm and this national weather service says the tornado was moving at 105 miles an hour. fortunately, nobody was injured. from tornadoes to heat waves, what seems to be a lot of unusual extreme weather conditions. domenica davis now, she joins us with the latest. hey, domenica. >> a terrible sunday. and as far as the rain go, now we haven't seen much in terms of severe storms which is the good news along the east coast but we have a few wind damage reports, that mainly are righted around
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the new jersey air -- right around the new jersey area, through parts of connecticut and even through the new england area, we are seeing some wend damage reports, with tree limbs down and stuff like that. now, this front is moving out, and we are on the tail end of this system, which is the good news, however, for monday, up and down the east coast, we are still looking at some unsettled weather, that will really last through the majority of the week. those pop-up afternoon thunderstorms. that is what we'll be dealing with, the same story through the id middle part of the country and not extreme weather inn but a cold front is moving through and giving the chance through parts of colorado and the upper midwest strong to severe thunderstorms. not only through the rest of afternoon, but, pushing in through this evening as well. now to the west we have a coastal low and making for a few showers right around the oregon area but this main concern here will be the fire threat, and that is going to stick around for the next couple of days as well, out in the pacific northwest, they've been dealing
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with extreme heat, the heat has not been as extreme, but they are still looking at some hot, dry conditions of the next couple of days. that obviously is going to fuel the concern for the fires, we'll keep are eye on that, in the meantime, gregg, keep dry. >> gregg: domenica davis, thanks very much. julie. >> julie: medical devices are supposed to improve your health and even save your life. but, what happens when they put you the at risk? >> if i had to live through those stocks again i would rather be dead. >> julie: why the supreme court says you cannot sue for defective devices. i was in the grocery store when i had a heart attack. my daughter was with me. i took a bayer aspirin out of my purse and chewed it. my doctor said the bayer aspirin saved my life. please talk to your doctor about aspirin and your heart. i'm going to be grandma for a long time.
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>> julie: here's the stories making headlines this hour, the u.s. military recovering the remains of navy pilot captain
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scott speicher. his plane was shot down more than 18 years ago, during the first night of the 1991 gulf war. a stage collapsed prematurely ending a country music festival in canada and one person was killed and 75 others injured. when the structure crumbled, during a storm. and, transportation secretary ray lahood is now urging the senate to approve another $2 billion for cash for clunkers and says this currents $1 billion pool will be exhausted by the ends of the weekend. >> gregg: all right. the battle over health care reform turned out to be the biggest fight so far in barack obama's presidency. and recent polls showing his popularity is really taking a hit because of it. the battle is not over yet, the health care battle and the president's handling of it, well, that is the cover, there you see it. the magazine, "time" magazine this week, joining us now, white house correspondent for "time" magazine, michael scherer. good to see you. >> thanks for having me, gregg. >> gregg: what is the bottom
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line of your article, this week, and how badly the president is really hurt by this? >> you know, what was interesting is we had a sit-down interview with the president and he was frank about how surprised he is at how difficult it has been and expected it to be an easier ride because there are polls that suggest, the majority of americans wanted to see reform in health care. you know, after that it gather a lot more complicated because that don't trust the process that is going forward right now. and, they also are pretty happy with the health coverage they have and any suggestion they will lose some of the benefits they have, they get really nervous over quickly. >> gregg: is he sort of puzzled by his inability to explain this properly and convince americans? >> yeah, he is and like i said, he was frank about that and actually, recently, one of his top advisors on health reform wrote him a memo about the lyndon johnson as experience in the 1960s, getting medicare and medicaid passed to try and give him suggestions how to work through congress and he has a delicate line to walk,
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especially going into the august iraqis and on the one hand he has to keep it moving through committees in congress and wilt be complicated because the lawmakers will be on recess and he has to keep fighting the public battled and that means lots of you know, town hall meetings and continued public events that he has been having every week to try and convince people, one they will not lose coverage if they like it right now and two, it really is about improving the system, and lowering costs and not a government takeover of health care. >> gregg: normally on capitol hill you can easily pick winners and losers and not so with this one. >> that is because they've left out the hardest decisions for last. and, you know, this is a process that, if we have meaningful health care reform there will be losers, it is about saving money and what they say is bending the curve of health care inflation. and, if you are saving money that means you are taking away mutual fun that could go to insurance companies or doctors or hop and you are also talking about new taxes, possibly, to pay for this. and that takes money away from
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people and so, we don't know who the losers will be right now, and, part of that makes in the short-term the president the loser. and once we do get a reform bill out, things could quickly change and the president will no doubt declare victory. >> gregg: if somebody is going to be taken to the wood shed it might be larry summers, over his comment today, that you know, there might be a middle class tax hike to pay for this. what is your reaction to that? >> you know, the white house proposed its idea for paying for this and that was a tax on deductions, for high income individuals, congress almost immediately, this is months ago, said, we are not buying it. we will not go there, and so, there were lots of proposals floating around. now, it is interesting he said that, it is also notable, though, that the president has not up to now ruled out a lot of possibilities for raising these revenues and it's not entirely new. i mean, all of it again will depend on what the final proposal is, and what eventually goes through and how many people
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they are trying to cover and how much taxes are going to raise, and all of these things, the real hard questions we don't know the answers to yet. >> the betting money is that something will happen. but, the real solid betting money is that it will be just a watered down version of what the president wanted and nevertheless, he will claim credit for it, and claim victory. is that true -- your sense. >> yeah, and an interesting pattern hear with the way the president has gone about getting legislation through congress, he lays out broad principles, but then doesn't stick to any of the details and when something gets through he declares victory that and energy bill for instance passed out of the house was not what he talked about during the campaign and yet when it passed out of the house with a number of concessions to industry, and to senators from coal producing states, he didn't dwell on that, he said this is a victory and we're moving forward and i think it is likely you will get something like that with health care. he has not really laid down the law in terms of what details and benchmarks and what are this bottom lines that he is not willing to go beyond. and, that is just a prelude to
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him being able to accept whatever the best thing is he can get out of there. >> gregg: michael scherer, thanks for being with us. >> julie: a 2008 supreme court decision says you can't sue the companies who make medical products as long as the devices are approved by the fda, so what happens when they medical function with lives on the line? brenda flannagan has the inside story. >> it feels like you are being electrocuted alive. >> reporter: phyllis says the defibrillator implanted in her chest suddenly started shocking her. a lawsuit she filed said he endured 25 shocks, and she says the trauma left her mostly confined to a wheelchair, barely able to sfwhuk i had to live through those shocks again, i would rather be dead. >> reporter: 13 people did die, when their defibrilators malfunctioned according to the device's manufacturer, medtronic. 2200 more were seriously hurt. and apparently, the electric
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leads that connect the defibrillator to a patient's heart, misfired. medtronic recalled the defibrillator and pacemaker as requested by the federal food and drug administration. the fda called it a class one recall and that means the defect could have resulted in serious injury, even death. check our timeline, medtronic actually started getting complaint in 2005. according to an fda report, and by 2006, it knew it had a serious problem. but, it didn't recall the device until october 2007. by early 2008, the company faced at least 2,000 lawsuits, and then in february, 2008 medtronic was suddenly off the hook. the u.s. supreme court ruled that under current federal law, medtronic could not be sued because its device had originally been approved by the fda. suddenly, fell lis's lawsuit and thousands of others stopped cold. >> many of the medical devices have been changed or fixed or
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improved, because of actions by the courts. >> reporter: congressman frank pa lone supports a will to let people like phyllis sue companies like medtronic and a medtronic spokesperson says among patients at high risk of sudden cardiac arrest more than 95% will die without a defibrillator but with one more than 98% will live and that lawsuits would stifle innovation and instead, he says the fda will be the arbiter and it can do better and use more resources, we think that is where the focus of congress ought to be. but, phyllis says, without being able to sue... >> we are human guinea pigs. and nobody is going to have any accountability for anything. >> julie: brenda flannagan from our fox affiliate wwo -- i'm sorry. he made a joke on the commercial break, i apologize. >> gregg: i did no such thing. all right when we come back, money could soon run out for the government's pocket of cash for clunkers program. which is no joke.
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>> gregg: bottom of the hour time for top of the news amystery finally solved, remains of navy captain scott speicher have been found, the plane shot down over iraq, the first night of the gulf war. and a deadly weekend in afghanistan, three american soldiers killed, after they were ambushed by taliban militants,
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in eastern afghanistan, and hit by a roadside bomb and attacked by gunfire and one of the world's most beautiful places, up in flames. wind-fueled forest fires raging out of control on spain's canary island, forcing firefighters to retreat, those flames so far, destroying 50 homes. >> julie: the white house saying all deals reached this weekend under the cash for clunkers program will count, the program offers cash rebates for consumers who traden older vehicles for more fuel efficient cars. and it has been popular with customers, and dealerships alike, but, funding could soon run out. unless the senate signs off on another $2 billion. mary ann silber is live from a toyota dealership in roswell, georgia. what is going on there with the dealership today? >> reporter: well, since the dealership opened there is a steady stream of customers and i walked in and talked to the general manager and said does it looks like you will run out of cars? theyed that 150 left unveteran and sold up to 60 a day and i
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said will you be able to order more and he said not until the middle of august and are looking at running out and i'm in the lot now, they are putting this clunkers because they have to destroy them, destroy the engine, before they can apply for the rebate and so that is what they have been doing and bringing them back here and a lot of them look like they're in good condition but he say it doesn't matter, if we get this money we have to disable these cars. and, i have actually talked to a lot of customers today, and they say they may not have traded their car in, had it not been for the from program and one of them is here, bob nowak and you said you came in and may not have got en here, had it not been for the rebate program. >> it was the push i needed to get off the couple and i have two cars, both perfect condition, but are 23 years old, and so it is what i needed to do what i needed to do. >> reporter: you told me you have been all over town going to different dealerships and were surprised you came to this one, because they actually got plenty of cars in stock, according to you. >> other places ran me off, they didn't have the program and were not going to do it anymore and i
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have been to other toyota dealers, and they weren't willing to give the prices that this dealer did. they have good discounts here, so i wasn't even going to stop here and came out here to get something teetnd was going to wash high hands of it and this is my last stop and it is -- i'm going to buy two cars. >> reporter: bob, thanks for talking to us and good luck to you, hope you find what you are locking for and we know that the house passed a bill this week to push through 2 billion more to keep the program going, it was supposed to go for 12 beings and will be up to the senate and they'll decide if they approve the funds, jewel jie the funding could soon run out like we said and if the senate doesn't sign-off on another $2 billion, so, i guess where do things stand, getting additional funding for the program, because without it, it is over? >> reporter: exactly. and we have already heard from some senator republicans, you know, senator john mccain said he's not going to support the program, because he said he didn't support it in the first place, and there are other lawmakers who said the same thing, they feel like the money should not have been put into
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the program, because it is like subsidizing companies the government already owns, so, we are seeing there is probably going to be a little bit of a fight next week with regard to this. julie. >> julie: all right, marian silber, thank you very much. gregg. >> gregg: the overwhelming popularity of the cash for clunkers program may actually be a sign that the u.s. economy is ton the road to recovery, according to the former federal reserve chairman, alan greenspan. he appeared on a sunday morning talk show, and said he thinks the worst part of the recession is already over. take a listen: >> i'm pretty sure we have already seen the bottom, in fact if you look at the weekly production figures, various different industries, it is clear that we have turned perhaps in the middle of last month, middle of july. and indeed, you are seeing major increase in asaeblsz in auto and trucks, before -- assemblies in auto and trucks before the clunker issue arose. >> he expects unemployment and job losses to continue but at a
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much slower rate. >> julie: treasury secretary tim geithner made this sunday talk show rounds and says he, too, sees signs the recession is easing. but also said one of the key long term goals of economic recovery is bringing down the deficit. and he would not rule out new taxes to do it. he says he expects positive growth in american products and services by the end of the year, but he doesn't expect unemployment to start coming down until the second half of the year 2010. >> gregg: looks like the worst may be over for the nation's housing market, new numbers showing the housing market has actually stabilized. and many areas are recovering, sales of new homes for example have climbed slightly in the past six months and construction has gone up 20% since the beginning of the year and home prices edged upwards, however, many economists expect the housing market to be bouncing around for quite some time. at least for the rest of the year. >> julie: after 9/11, three private companies teamed up with a government, to offer pre-screening services at airports and the idea was to
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speed frequent travellers through long lines caused by heightened airport security, but, now, all of those companies have folded or suspended operations altogether. and, travellers who prepaid for their services are the not getting their money back. so, who is at fault here? and is there any way to get such a program back on track? kevin mcguire, the president and ceo of national business travel association, joins us now. all right, so, then, what is one to do, if they prepaid for the very convenient service and now don't get it and have to wait in a long line like the rest of us? >> well, unfortunately, i don't think that the money is going to come back to people who paid. there is a chance, if you did -- signed up the last 60 days by credit card you can get your money back through the fair credit billing program but other than that, i'm afraid you are out of luck. >> julie: tell us about how we can potentially get a program like this to stick and stay in the airports, i know a lot of people, i don't mind this long lines because i know it means they are doing their jobs and properly screening passengers,
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but, a lot of people get so angry when they are standing in these lines, is there anything that can be done that will not i suppose compromise the level of security, but at the same time allow people not to have to stand in those long lines for as long? >> unfortunately the program was never properly implemented. it is a risk management program, and the side part of that was a quick service to the airport lines. none of that really has taken place. what you need to see now is tsa and congress, go back to the table and people who voluntarily do pre-screening and analysis done and then you have new programs, designed for them so when you go to the airport, you don't have to tarek shoes off or take your coat off and leave your laptop in your bag, and you go to the front of the line and you get through in a very short period of time. those are the kinds 0 changes we need see for it to really work properly. >> julie: who's at fault, are you saying the government is at fault? >> i don't think anybody can take all of the blame.
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i think it was really a combination of a misunderstanding of how the program was going to be put together and it was designed by the 9/11 commission, it was passed on to congress who mandated it an tsa ticket and went to a private/public partnership and that is where the wheels came off and the private part was supposed to run it an tsa was supposed to do the background checks and they never quite got together and you were involving airports who had to decide if they wanted those kinds of lines in their facilities and some did and some didn't and it took a long time to negotiate and the answer to your question is, there is no one organization at fault. we have probably -- all were at fault including my organization, because, we needed to properly explain it to the public and maybe we didn't do quite that. >> julie: realistically you think congress can handle putting this problem together with all of the other problems they are dealing with right now, because i mean, unfortunately, for those -- i think, how many people registered for this and paid $200, basically, so that
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they would not have to stand in these lines and $200 is lost, you are saying, there is no chance they'll get it back and now, congress is going to fix it? >> you had over 30,000 people who signed up and i'd love to sit here and say it will fixed and back in operation. realistically, honestly, i don't think that is going to ham. it is a great idea and a great promise, but, there are so many things on congress's plate now the rt program is probably somewhere way down the line. >> julie: what about, you know, the future of travel safety? do you think there will be a day where don't like you said have to run your laptop through the screener there, on the conveyor belted or perhaps take or shoes off, those are the things i think that probably -- i will not say waste because they are doing it of course for good reason, but, that takes the most amount of tierjs i mean, taking your shoes off for one, it is -- just annoying. i mean, is there ever going to be a day i don't have to remove my shoes and walk barefoot through the security terminal. >> the technology is there now for us to avoid that and it is a mart of implementing it and the
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cost and the public will demand it, because it is an inconvenience, and time is money, and it is frustrating and you are starting to see lines grow longer and longer. so once public knowledge kind of gets to the point where they've had enough, you will see the program move into place. >> julie: all right, well, we hope so. kevin mcguire, thank you very much. and just one of the added reasons why i hate flying. >> gregg: why is that so har, you are wearing flip-flops. >> julie: i know but i'm not boarding a plenty, i'm saying i wish i could walk through the terminal with the flip-flops and what could i possibly be hiding. >> gregg: ask the shoe bomber, rich reid that question, filipinos mourning the death of the woman who helped bring them democracy and lining up to pay respects to former president corzone aquino, and the 76-year-old lost her long battle with colon cancer on stay. and she helped demose ferdinand marcos' corrupt regime in the 1986 after the assassination of
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shot down, the first night of the war, survived by his wife and two children. >> julie: swiss dep employments are trying to find out what happened to american hikers reportedly arrest in eastern and strayed across the border from iraq and swiss has act add the go between since 1979. >> gregg: the u.s. transportation secretary is urging congress to refuel the cash for clunkers program, he says without a $2 billion infusion, the program will run out of funds, by the end of the week. a texas-style homecoming for the astronauts of the space shuttle endeavour endeavour, hundreds of fans greeting the 7 men and one woman who spent weeks making repairs to the international space station where there were plenty of questions about the recent mission. also, some questions about the fate of the -- america's space program. chris stypes, reporting kriv,
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houston. >> after more than two weeks, working in space... >> there is no place like home! >> reporter: the shuttle endeavour crew... >> what we've done is be able to live our dreams... >> reporter: is back from the international space station. >> one of this most fantastic human achievements... >> reporter: they were greeted by hundreds at ellington field. >> i'm a huge nerd and really into space stuff. >> reporter: no doubt, proud to see the completion of a vital japanese laboratory. >> we went to the international space station, it is a marvel. >> reporter: but the future of the marvel along with the rest of the space program is up in the air. >> what i want is township some consistent direction for a while. we have changed directions many times. over the last couple of decades. >> reporter: you a new panel appointed by the president, this week, to review nasa's direction, says the budget needs a boost. >> budget is a concern for everybody and we are running deficits, the economy is down. >> nose... touchdown. >> reporter: the agency's
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current plan is to finish the iss and retire the shuttle program by late next year before new ships will be ready in 2015. but, the panel warns that won'ts happen on schedule. >> our commitment is for full funding of nasa. we are in tough times. but, what we want to show is that nasa generates jobs. >> reporter: jobs, aerospace student nicole sharp would love to land. >> hopefully one of these days i believe one of the people on the stage. >> reporter: meanwhile this endeavor mission commander hopes we'll make it back to the moon. and even mars. >> all astronauts love the idea of eventually just getting out of orbiting the earth forever and going back to the moon and onto other things and what is what we hope we'll see in the future. >> gregg: quite amazing and chris stype reporting for kriv in houston and my bad, six men and one woman, 7 astronauts in all. >> julie: new concerns about the swine flu and possible outbreak and so should you run out and get a surge call mask, remember they did that in mexico and can they really protect you and your
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>> julie: a strange new accessory making its way around the globe. from summer camps, that is a great look for you, by the way... to pregnant women. surgical face masks. >> gregg: the masks worn to expect against the recent outbreak of h1n1. otherwise known as the swine flu, why are you looking at me like that. >> julie: i want you to put the mask back on. >> gregg: and we can see people strapping them on again, soon. go ahead, take it. >> julie: the cdc and the world health organization warning -- this is not funny, the swine flu has not disappeared and could make a bigger and stronger come back and can a face mask really make a difference, and when and how should you use one?
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joining us now, dr. evelyn menayah of riverview medical center in new jersey, okay. -- we are acting like children. >> right. >> julie: let's talk about children going back to school, seriously, no laughing matter, not only that, i also want to bring this up, because, one of miss viewers actually pointed out in an e-mail, we talk about school in the fall, and kids in the south actually go back to school tomorrow. >> right. right, they start earlier. >> julie: should parents pack them in the backpacks. >> you know, we are going to wait until the fall and the winter season actually comes, and that is number one and number 22,s this is not the only thing to protect and you everybody thinks, okay. i'm done. that is not it. and this works, the cdc's recommendation, actually is not only the mask, but, it also has to be everything else, the washing of the hands, the washing of the cell phones, everything, and you know, and most importantly, stay home, if you are sick, please stay home because, that contaminates everybody. >> gregg: if you have a temperature or a cough... >> temperature, a cough, body aches, you know, you really
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should stay at home. >> julie: washing hands, getting kids to wash their hands is tough. >> but do it and a really, really, very very, progressive way, make them sing and wash their hands at the same time, get 'em to do it. >> gregg: who is most at risk, kids and what, pregnant women. >> pregnant women, kids, and we are the caretakers as we are pregnant women -- >> i am not pregnant. >> and the elderly, okay. people with chronic diseases. and they are chronically debilitated, those are the people, really at risk. >> julie: the cdc is reporting that come fall, when kids go back to school there may be more widespread of this virus, than there was in the spring, and i remember in the spring parents wanted schools to close early because it was getting out of control and now the dcd says fall could be even worse. >> it could be worse but also it could be a different kind, okay, and is a spin on the original virus and could be more virus len and you will get sir and more people will get contaminated and this is what i
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am saying, be prepared. >> gregg: where are we with vaccination and a picture in "the new york times," a nasal vaccine is being developed. >> we are working on the new influenza, not h1n1, the regular influenza and we are working on the swine flu vaccine as well and so far don't have anything and we are really desperately trying to do that for the fall and this birnt season. >> julie: working on that, that was the problem, because -- how long does the -- how dong does the vaccine need to be in your system, in order to protect you and if it doesn't cut until fall or winter and kids go back to school in august, september will it be too late. >> first of all, it is never too late, and it depends on your immune system, also and if you are chronic, with chronic disease, takes you a little bit longer for the vaccine to actually work, but, quite frankly, usually most people are vaccinated in september, that is the beginning of the school year and, the outbreaks happen between octoberish, november, that type of thing and end of
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september, so even if you were to get in the beginning of september, right before school starts or even earlier, okay, that would be great. >> gregg: so other than, you know, wearing a mask or, you know, the washing your hands a lot, what else. >> first of all, putting on the mask, you have to put on the mask correctly and you have to be consistent. >> gregg: correctly. >> some people you know, because like -- if i'm in the operating room, some people come in with the noses out and it is supposed to cover the nose and cover your mouth. >> julie: like this. >> foam part on the top. >> gregg: observing man. >> i knew we'd get a volunteer. >> julie: i want to be sure we do it right. >> and some come with strings -- >> gregg: you are covering my eyes. >> that helps, too. >> julie: i'm trying to protect you. >> gregg: there you go. >> further down. >> okay. and pinch the nose so -- >> gregg: thank you. seriously. this is not comfortable. >> it is not supposed to be
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comfortable but you look fashionable, and they come in different colors and most importantly, to take it off, you are not supposed to put your hand on the front of the mask. because you contaminate it. okay, so, first of all, before putting on the mask, wash your hands thoroughly and put on your mask and pinch your nose, and when you are about to remove it, take from it signed rip it off or take it off like you take out the knot -- >> gregg: you love embarrassing me! loves to embarrass me. >> julie: all right. >> and in the garbage and don't put it on top of anything. then you contaminate that, too. >> gregg: thanks. >> no problem, thank you very much thanks for having me. >> gregg: >> julie: you look great, a washington state cyclist looking to piddle his wa into the record books in reverse, i'm not kidding, how long, will he have to keep this up to take the title? there may be more you can do. only caduet combines two proven medicines...
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not that music. >> julie: not that music. >> we are -- there. >> julie: there we go, that was slick, well done. >> listen to this. ♪ >> gregg: you are listening to one of two newly discovered works by mozart. and that is not mozart you are looking at. the... it is amazing, though, this tune has been apparently in hiding, it has been identified as a childhood creation, by the legendary composer, the international mozartium foundation, there is such a thing presented the pieces in mozart's native salzburg, austria and it is bloomfield he composed the music between the ages of 7 and 8. and that is the definition of a genius. >> julie: beautiful, that is beautiful. i could play that. i can! i play instruments. >> gregg: do you play piano. >> julie: i have to move on yes, i do, a cyclist has an unusual hobby and likes to ride his bike backwards. take a look, danny rogerses says since he was a kid, interesting
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hobby he has, he would ride his bike by sitting on the handlebars with his back facing front and believe it or not, he's not the first person to ride like this and danny has been training for six months to break the world word for backwards bike riding, and he says the most dangerous part is not zoning out. >> you go for so long for a long period of time and you loser concentration and if you don't keep your focus the whole time you could end up, you know, hitting a curb or end up off the track. >> julie: break this current record he has to ride 62.5 miles in less than four minutes and no word on whether he has broken the record. >> gregg: standing with us the greatest intern of all time, leslie. thanks so much for being here, how long have you been with us. >> i have been here since may, so i have -- a few months. >> gregg: back to noteder dame. >> as a senior to notre dame, yes. >> julie: as one of our producers said in an e-mail you soon will be our boss! i'd luk


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